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5 Of The Most Controversial Motions To Be Debated At Congress This Weekend

The GAA will debate 65 motions at congress this weekend. Throughout Friday and Saturday at the Mount Wolseley Hotel in Co. Carlow, the GAA will debate 65 motions that could have a massive impact on the future of both football and hurling. Although some mundane measures are included among the 65 proposals, the massively controversial plan to introduce a B Championship for …

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G.A.A. Players – Elite or Unique ?

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The explanation of elite sports people is one with no clear definition. World-class sports stars, Olympians and high performance athletes are all mentioned, but which bracket do our inter-county GAA players fall into? Once Kieran McGeeney opened up a can of worms by stating that GAA players were not elite athletes, and the debate has continued with current players criticising the former …

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GAA: The Mythical Jackeen Cash Pile

“The only reason the Dubs are any use at football is because of all the money the GAA Central Body throws at them”… Said no-one ever before 2011. There was never an issue with the city slickers and the Jackeen cash pile in the nineties or the noughties. Sure weren’t they the greatest little fellas laboring their way through Leinster before a real …

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Proposed B Championship Just Another Step Along The Road To Elitism

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 20: The Sun falls behind the stand during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at Croke Park (the GAA headquarters) on March 20, 2010 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

There has been much talk about a growing elitism in GAA, especially with regards to Gaelic football in recent weeks and months, with Páraic Duffy agreeing recently that many of the counties competing in the championship basically do not have the resources necessary to compete effectively for titles. The Director of Finance followed this by claiming that if steps were …

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Dublin GAA Jerseys Could Be Made By Puma Or Adidas This Year

Dublin GAA could be set for a huge makeover this year, with reports that they will be ditching O’Neills in favour of a continental manufacturer this Spring. Widely renowned as the GAA’s biggest money-maker, the Dubs could look past the association’s rules to attract a new shirt manufacturer. Currently counties must make their gear with an Irish company. Kerry GAA …

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Why Management And Coaching Are So Important

Nowadays, a lot of people are inclined to say that sports in general are becoming over-oachoached. Sports have advanced alongside science and technology, and as a result almost every game is a shadow of what it used to be decades ago. Games are not like they used to be, and it is often argued if this is in a positive …

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Video: The NFL Player Who Has Exchanged With Aidan O’Shea Is A Serious Footballer

The Toughest Trade is quickly becoming one of our favourite programmes on television. This season, Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea is crossing the pond to try his hand at American Football. Meanwhile, former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Roberto Wallace has come the opposite direction, and will line out for Breaffy in a challenge game this weekend. While there are many transferable skills for …

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How Important Is The Role Of Women In GAA?

Last month, Lidl’s sponsorship of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) launched the Ladyball campaign, which was received well and got people talking about women’s sport in Ireland. The ‘Ladyball’ was introduced to highlight the gulf in coverage and interest between men’s and women’s sport in Ireland. To this end, it was a roaring success. Pundit Arena sat down with …

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Another Year Of Mediocrity For Meath?

Mick O'Dowd - Meath football manager.

It was only six years ago when Meath hit Dublin for five in Croke Park, but the thought of that happening again is a fairytale for most Royals supporters – the question is, where has it all gone wrong? A traditional superpower, and genuine GAA royalty – but Meath haven’t looked like challenging for anything since they lay down and let …

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Donegal Captain Murphy Explains Why GAA Should Not Go Professional

Two years ago, the GAA celebrated its 130-year anniversary. Since then, it has evolved in many ways; from the first official rules, building Europe’s third largest stadium and attracting almost a quarter of Ireland’s entire population to watch the All-Ireland final. However, one thing that has not changed in this time is its status as an amateur sport. This status could …

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Could Richie Hogan’s Simple Suggestion Save The Football Championship?

Championship Formats Should Be Changed Now Rather Than Later. Another season is under way in inter-county football, but the Championship structure will be placed under the microscope from people across the nation and come under scrutiny once again in a few weeks time. It has been well documented that there is a disease in inter-county football. A week hardly goes by …

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Allianz Football League Round Two Predictions: Divisions 1 and 2

COUNTY LAOIS, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 06: Action during The Allianz GAA National Football League match between Laois (blue) and Meath (green/yellow) at O'Moore Park on February 06, 2011 in Portlaoise, Ireland (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)

Competitive football’s return last weekend saw the Dubs defeat the Kingdom once again in a rematch of 2015’s All-Ireland final and three all-Ulster clashes as a few early markers were set down in the top two divisions. Here are predictions for this weekend’s second round of fixtures in Divisions 1 and 2. _____ Division 1 Saturday, February 6 Mayo vs Dublin, …

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Former Roscommon Goalkeeper Shane Curran To Run For Election

RTÉ journalist Micheal Lehane confirmed on twitter on Thursday evening that former Roscommon inter-county goalkeeper Shane Curran will be running on the Fianna Fáil ticket in the upcoming general election. Confirmed: Former Roscommon Goalkeeper Shane Curran added to FF ticket in Roscommon-Galway #GE16 — Mícheál Lehane (@MichealLehane) February 4, 2016 The popular and effervescent 44-year-old from Castlerea will fight it …

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Concussion Cost Inevitable For GAA

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 20: The Sun falls behind the stand during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at Croke Park (the GAA headquarters) on March 20, 2010 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Let’s just say that the Allianz Football Leagues for 2016 didn’t get off to the best start. Cork’s impressive dismantling of Mayo was marred in controversy as, once again, the topic of player welfare and concussion arose within GAA circles. The men at the centre of the controversy were Mayo’s Lee Keegan and Cork’s Eoin Cadogan. A nasty clash of …

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GAA Sabbaticals: Positive Or Negative?

The levels of commitment required in GAA are an endless bone of contention today. It is hard to know what’s more annoying, the amount of talk about it or the lack of action. As 2016 begins, numbers are diminishing as some players move away while other are talking breaks from inter-county GAA. Here we ask: is this a positive or …

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Video: Kildare’s Daniel Flynn Scores Early Contender For Goal Of The Year

Winter football, as it still was January yesterday, is not noted for wonder scores. However, yesterday’s games in the opening round of National Football League threw up more than its fair share of rockets. Kildare got their Division 3 campaign off to the perfect start, with a 2-9 to 0-11 win away to last year’s Leinster finalists Westmeath. Substitute Daniel Flynn shipped …

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Syrian Refugees In Berlin Are Being Introduced To Hurling

Berlin’s first gaelic games club was founded in 2012 by Dublin native Colin Manning. The following year with the help of Kerry footballer, Chris Hennessy, the club began to expand. Due to the vast size of the city, the club split into two sides; Berlin GAA and Setanta Berlin, the latter focusing on families and kids. Despite the tragic passing …

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